With green appliances becoming more and more popular, many businesses and
homeowners are choosing waterless urinals. These devices are more eco-friendly
than conventional urinals, as they don’t use any water. They also
save money, as flushing a urinal is more expensive in water cost than
you might think. But how do waterless urinals work?
Waterless urinals look about the same as conventional urinals. However,
they lack a water intake pipe, as this part is unnecessary. They are used
in the same way as regular urinals. Instead of requiring a flush, however,
the waterless urinal drains itself with gravity. They have outflow pipes
connecting to whatever conventional plumbing system a building has, so
the waste goes directly to a water treatment plant. They are therefore
clean, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and can be installed to work with almost
any existing plumbing system.
The differential cost among models of waterless urinals is primarily a
result of the different drain technology. Some models have a trap in the
drain that can be filled with water and a kind of oil. This limits any
odor that a waterless urinal might have. These models are more expensive,
ranging up to $600, and traps must be regularly replaced. A regular no-flush
urinal without a trap comes with a simple plug drain. This can be as low as $40.
For all budgets and plumbing systems, there are waterless urinals available.
As technology advances in green appliances, more and more business and
homeowners can take advantage of these eco-conscious and pocketbook-friendly